OK, you can wake me up on September 1st, which is when we should see four players who could play pivotal roles for the Dodgers in 2013 and beyond – maybe even down the stretch:
- FedEx (I call him FedEx because I can’t spell Tim Federowicz)
- John Ely
- Alex Castellanos
- Jerry Sands
I would like to see John Ely in long relief, FedEx behind the plate and Jerry Sands at 1B. Castellanos can fill in at 3B and 2B, but the Dodgers need to determine if these players have a future with the team. Jerry Sands needs to demonstrate that he can be an everyday first-baseman… if he is. If it looks like Sands can handle the position and hit 20 HR with a .250 BA, then the Dodgers will have a direction for next year. If it looks like he can’t, they will need to acquire a 1B.
Minor League Report
- Jerry Sands was 5-6 with 4 RBI”s last night and is hitting .306 with 98 RBI’s. Albuquerque got beat 20-10 and Josh Field pitched the final inning. Of course Tony Gwynn, Jr. was 3-5 and is hitting .467 and he can’t hit, so maybe it means nothing. Nah, it means something…
- Yasiel Puig was 1-4 and is only hitting .360 at RC
- Aaron Miller pitched 6 outstanding innings for Chattanooga last night. It’s his best outing of the year. He gave up 6 hits and no earned runs while striking out 6, but what is most significant, is that he did not walk anyone.
- Corey Seager was 2-3 with 2 RBI, a HR and 2 walks. He is OPS’ing .878.
A happy Hanley Ramirez is very good for the Dodgers. He’s happiest when he is playing SS. He can still play it and he has a good arm and excellent speed, so I think that maybe the Dodgers should trade Dee Gordon so Hanley can stay at SS – whatever he lacks in defense will be more than made up by his offense. Maybe Ethier and Gordon are packaged for someone like Adrian Gonzalez or David Wright. That may have to be a three-way deal. In fact, I think the Dodgers could get Gonzalez AND Wright, but it would be costly. It would really hurt the farm, as 4 or 5 prospects will have to be included and I am talking Zach Lee and others. Would you do that?
Will Victorino settle for a 3-4 year deal at a reasonable rate? That’s the only way he stays in my opinion. 4 years/$38 million. Someone will offer him more…
Free agents I would like: Mike Napoli – that’s about it!
How about this lineup next year:
- Victorino LF
- Ramirez SS
- Kemp CF
- Gonzalez 1B
- Wright 3B
- Sands RF
- Ellis 2B
- Ellis C
Oh, there was a game last night? Yeah, not a good outcome. Clayton did his part. The Dodger bats were again silent and Kemp and Ethier, who should be leading this team were O-Fer and Aw-Ful. Clayton Kershaw got two hits and is hitting. 244. I know that Bumgarner was good last night, but the Dodger hitters make lots of pitchers look good. I question their mindset and approach which leads back to the coaches. I’m just sayin’…
TJ Simers of THE LA TIMES has a good article about Tommy Lasorda today. On of the funniest things you can ever see is TJ and Tommy throwing barbs at each other. They are friends but love to jab one another. It’s hilarious! Here’s the best Tommy quote:
“Maybe it doesn’t always sound sincere to some but I want to see another championship banner flying in center field,” he says. “And even though I’ll still be cheering for them in heaven, they better do it before the big Dodger in the sky calls me. I don’t want to go without knowing we have another world championship.
“I’ve already told my wife that when I do go I want our home schedule attached to my tombstone. I want people who are in the cemetery visiting their loved ones to say, ‘Let’s go to Lasorda’s grave and see if the Dodgers are playing home or away.’
“Hey, I love this organization so much I want to be working for it even after I’m dead.”